It’s good to know the broad set of guidelines to prevent unscrupulous property owners from taking advantage of you, or to prevent confusion or ambiguity while renting property in UAE.

  • Eligibility: You must possess a valid trade license from the DED or a Free zone
  • Required documentation: Provisional approval from the concerned emirate’s licensing authority, name on passport of the company’s manager who is referred to in the trade license, and signing’s authority letter if required
  • Fitted vs shell units: Furnished or fitted units cost more than shell units, which must be borne in mind while selecting the premises
  • Tenure of Tenancy: The minimum tenure of any tenancy agreements is 12 months and must be renewed every 12 months, which can be done up to 10 years
  • Payment terms: Tenants can pay the owner by online transfer or cheques in one or more iterations in a year. Further, a security deposit of 5% of the annual rent amount must be paid to the owner at the time of renting. This is refunded at the time of leaving after deducting damages
  • Additional charges: Tenants must also factor the need to furnish the premises, and fees paid to agencies that manage the property
  • Making alterations: If the premises lie in one of the free zones, you can make alterations to the property after obtaining a No-Objection Certificates (NOC) from the Dubai Civil Defense and Emirates Health and Safety agencies. Else, for any other property, tenants must obtain the NOC from the owner, Facilities Manager or the Dubai Municipality.
  • Electricity, cooling and water connections: The tenants must have the valid trade license from the DED
  • Time to install necessary fit-outs: Depending on the size of the unit and its condition, this can take six to eight months
  • Sub-letting or sub-leasing: Tenants can sub-let or sub-lease the property only if there is a written approval from the owner

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